Passed on paradise. As Bachelor in ParadiseBachelor Nation makes its return for season 8. Bachelor Nation fans reflect back on the people they wished would have gone to sea.
There are a few past stars such as Ivan Hall, who made headlines for comments he made about being “uncomfortable” if former host Chris HarrisonHe returned amid his defense Rachael Kirkconnell’s racially insensitive past.
“Everybody took it as like, ‘Ivan’s not going if Chris Harrison’s the host,’” Ivan recalled on Us Weekly‘s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast in June 2022. “And that wasn’t, like, it at all. If he was there, I would’ve still shown up. I would’ve been like, ‘Oh, this is a little weird.’ And since then, it’s all good. Chris called me. People make mistakes.” Hall eventually joined the show for season 7, but he left in week 4 after breaking the rules by sneaking out to meet Alexa Caves.
Blake Moynes, who appeared on Clare Crawley Tayshia Adams’ season of The Bachelorette, also weighed a potential return to the franchise, although it wasn’t exactly clear if he’d fully be on board.
During an Instagram Story Q&A in March 2022, Moynes, 31, responded to a question about returning to reality TV, joking, “Duh, Paradise! Count it! Can’t wait to get on that beach, get back into it.”
The Canada native added: “Probably not, never say never, but not unless it was a great opportunity for something, but I’d like to not.”
However, several other Bachelor Nation contestants decided to decline the ticket to paradise despite the excitement of their potential return.
Season 14 BacheloretteAlum Blake HorstmannDrama ensued BiPHe declined the chance to appear on season 7, but he was a part of season 6. During a July 2021 Instagram Q&A session, he revealed that it was a “close” call, but he ultimately “didn’t feel it was right for me.”
The 16th Season of Bachelors follows suit. Ben FlajnikOnly spoken Use in July 2021 that he’s turned down a stint in Mexico several times for being “too busy” while Demi Burnett, who has appeared twice on BiP, shared with Us May 2022 that she was not interested in returning to the series.
Recently, Peter WeberWho was the BachelorSeason 24 turned down an offer to be on season 8 BiPOver a contract dispute at ABC. “I was actually going to do Bachelor in Paradise. I was going do it. We just couldn’t agree on a contract at the end of the day is what it came down to,” Weber, 30, shared with UsIn June 2022.
Scroll down to learn more about why these Bachelor Nation stars chose to forgo a romantic stroll on the beaches of Paradise.